|ACTION ALERT: Letters Needed in Support of Library Funding in California State Budget|
April 8, 2016
TO: CLA MEMBERS/ SYSTEMS/ NETWORK CONTACTS
FROM: Mike Dillon, CLA Lobbyist
RE: NEWS FROM THE CAPITOL
ACTION ALERT: LETTERS NEEDED IN SUPPORT OF LIBRARY FUNDING IN CALIFORNIA STATE BUDGET
The Senate and Assembly Budget Subcommittees have been meeting weekly at the State Capitol in order to review and to make recommendations regarding various program funding areas proposed in Governor Brown’s 2016-17 State Budget. We need your help! Would you please take a few minutes in the coming days to send letters to 10 key legislators involved in the Budget process, in order to ensure that the California Library Association’s “Budget ask” is realized. Contact information for these Senators and Assemblymembers can be found at the end of this report, and bullet points have been provided in order to help you craft a quick letter. Letters are due by April 29.
As we reported in our recent “News From the Capitol,” on March 17 the Senate Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance reviewed the State Library Budget during an overview hearing. The issue before the subcommittee that day was: whether or not to approve the proposal by Governor Brown to provide $1.8 million in new ongoing funding for the California Library Services Act and $3 million in new “one time funding” (e.g. must be spent during the 2016-17 fiscal year) for the CLSA, to foster greater “digital delivery” of materials between the regions. At the conclusion of the hearing, the Senate Budget Subcommittee held the issue “open,” in order to revisit the matter after the Governor releases his more current revenue projections on or around May 13th in his so-called, “May Revise.”
On the Assembly side, the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance will not review the State Library Budget until May 4. Last year the Assembly Budget Subcommittee did not include any money for public libraries above what the Governor was proposing in his Budget.
In addition to supporting the Governor’s proposed funding for the CLSA, CLA is also requesting that the Budget Subcommittees consider additional appropriations, including $4 million for broadband connection grants, in order to continue to bring more public libraries onboard in Phase 3 of the popular broadband project. Additionally, CLA is requesting $1-2 million in additional funding for adult literacy.
Please take a moment today to contact the following legislators and urge their support of the following (feel free to cut and paste this language below):
Additional information on these items can be found on the CLA webpage in the Advocacy “Day In the District” section.
Please address your letters to the following individuals and send them via mail or fax no later than April 29:
The Honorable Marty Block, Chair
The Honorable Ben Allen, Member
The Honorable John Moorlach, Member
The Honorable Kevin McCarty, Chair
The Honorable Rocky Chavez, Member
The Honorable Chris Holden, Member
The Honorable Young Kim, Member
The Honorable Patrick O’Donnell, Member
Thank you for your help!